Hi everyone! My name is McKenzie - I'm a Master's in Public Affairs graduate student. I'm a fourth-generation North Dakotan who grew up with the extraordinarily flat land of the Red River Valley in my backyard. After graduating from Drake University, I've worked mostly in public health and clinical research, but also did a stint as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. I'm interested in public health, pandemics and development, both in low-income countries and in vulnerable populations in the US. I get overly excited about the gut microbiome, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, and lefse. After a year of working remotely from my bedroom, I'm so excited to be a part of a (hopefully) more in-person Rocky community!